A Survey of Jellyfish Sting Knowledge among Naval Personnel in Northeast China


BACKGROUND Jellyfish envenomation is common along the coastal area, and can cause severe consequences. Naval personnel are among the high-risk population for this injury. The aim of this study was to assess knowledge regarding jellyfish envenomation among naval personnel in a navy unit in northeast China. METHODS A predesigned questionnaire was distributed to 120 naval members in January 2015. The data of 108 respondents were included in the statistical analysis. RESULTS We found that 38.0% of the respondents selected jellyfish sting as the common wound in their units, and 13.0% had experienced or observed this injury. In addition, 63.0% of the participants rated their own knowledge as "low" or "none". The average score they got was 5.77 ± 2.50, with only 16.7% getting a score above 60% of the full score. The correct rates of five questions were below 60%. No statistical differences existed in the knowledge score among different groups of respondents defined by socio-demographic variables. CONCLUSIONS Jellyfish sting is common in this navy unit, but personnel got a low score on the knowledge assessment. They also lacked confidence in first aid. Medical education and training should be implemented to address this issue.

DOI: 10.3390/ijerph13070725

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@inproceedings{Kan2016ASO, title={A Survey of Jellyfish Sting Knowledge among Naval Personnel in Northeast China}, author={Ting Kan and Li Gui and Wenwen Shi and Yan Huang and Shuang Li and Chen Qiu}, booktitle={International journal of environmental research and public health}, year={2016} }